Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.
He just has this head full of strange ideas, and a spirit that sees no borders or critics, and that combination is where the magic is, the guts to do what you feel is right, no matter how unorthodox it is.
You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…
I was introduced to Herbie Hancock in one of the lower points in his career. Yes, the incredibly annoying 'rockit' with the funny "futuristic" video clip. Ah, it was indeed a dark period for music those eighties, a dark period.
Herbie Hancock video clip got into the mainstream and was shown quite a lot in this new format of television programs that were dedicated to that new modern "art form" - musical videos. It took me two decades to recover.
Music is the tool to express life - and all that makes a difference. "
At his lowest point Herbie Hanckok managed to catch my attention. Scratching records, wearing bandanas, making break-dance soundtracks .(for crying out loud. I still can't see a bandana without bursting into tears and hiding under the sink in a fetal position whimpering). Even there is was obvious he was something different. And that he surely was.
One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing things differently from what other people were doing. "
Herbie Hancok has one of the most interesting minds in modern music, be in jazz, r&b , groovy semi soul or full funk forward. He just has this head full of strange ideas, and a spirit that sees no borders or critics, and that combination is where the magic is, the guts to do what you feel is right, no matter how unorthodox it is. Following the work of someone like that might be bumpy, but it is never ever boring. And that is what makes a good musician in my book.
Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music."
His "African" albums, with the electronic rythms that have one foot in the savanna, one foot in a computer sampler and one foot in jazz (what? Three. Yes. So?) are nothing but exceptional. It is a mesmerizing experience which transcends the music or even the beat and manages to show you the future first hand, and to show you it is not too bad. Machines are machines but the human imagination always trumps. Always managed to make the best of them in the end.
It's not the style that motivates me, as much as an attitude of openness that I have when I go into a project. "
And I adore this ability to mix all these elements together, from the first time I heard 'sextant' with my mouth open, jaw resting on my knee, until this very day. when I work with young musicians I often brings him as an example for "possibilities", a perfect demonstration of what music can be, if you just let it be. And move. And grow. And another small digital effect here, and a beautiful bass line there, and the piano goes over the sampler and it IS the future. Neatly packed to retain the freshness of the product.
Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different. "
Don't like electronic music. give me a cello solo instead. Give me an acoustic guitar with a blues shuffle. Electronic music is so blaaaah. Unless Herbie Hancock gets his talented hands on it. Suddenly it is not a machine anymore. It is a digital player who is part of the band, part of the group, part of us humans.
And then he has all those amazingly delicate beautiful soft pieces like "speak like a child" which are…well, those are Herbie Hancock. They sound almost like lounge jazz at first, but Hancock manages to do to them what he did to his experimental digital pieces, to blow some new life into them, a different beating heart that is completely his. Completely Hancock. And you know what? No matter what genre it is, if it has the Hancock spirit in it? I approve.
I feel a lot more secure about the directions I take, than I might have, had I not practiced Buddhism."